Dear Mr. President:
Thank you for your letter dated June 14, 2022. As industry leaders, academic experts and
numerous policy makers have pointed out, there are no easy fixes nor any short-term answers
to the global supply and demand imbalances aggravated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Addressing this situation requires thoughtful action and a willingness to work together, not
political rhetoric. I look forward to meeting with Secretary Granholm and am hopeful for a
constructive conversation about actions to address both near-term issues and the longer-term
stability of energy markets.
In 2021, Chevron produced the highest volume of oil and gas in our 143-year history. In the first
quarter of 2022, our U.S. production was 1.2 million barrels per day, up 109,000 barrels per day
from the same quarter a year earlier. In the Permian Basin alone, we expect production to
approach 750,000 barrels per day by the end of the year, an increase of more than 15 percent
from 2021. And Chevron’s U.S. refinery input grew to 915,000 barrels per day on average in the
first quarter of this year from 881,000 in the same quarter last year.
In addition to increasing American oil and gas production, Chevron is also investing $10 billion
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and scale new advanced energy technologies, like carbon
capture and hydrogen, along with growing our renewable liquid fuels production capacity to
100,000 barrels/day by 2030. America will lead in these critical new industries, creating jobs at
home and exporting them to the world to meet energy and climate objectives.
American oil and gas supplies are among the most efficient, responsibly produced, and lowest
carbon intensity supplies in the world. At roughly 15 kg of CO2-equivalent per barrel, Chevron’s
Permian Basin carbon intensity is some two-thirds lower than the global industry average. U.S.
Gulf of Mexico production has carbon intensity just a fraction of the global industry average.
Increasing American production will offset barrels produced in other parts of the world that may
not support America’s energy security, economic competitiveness, or environmental goals.
I want to be clear that Chevron shares your concerns over the higher prices that Americans are
experiencing. And I assure you that Chevron is doing its part to help address these challenges
by increasing capital expenditures to $18 billion in 2022, more than 50% higher than last year.
Chevron and its 37,000 employees work every day to help provide the world with the energy it
demands and to lift up the lives of billions of people who rely on these supplies. Notwithstanding
these efforts, your Administration has largely sought to criticize, and at times vilify, our industry.
These actions are not beneficial to meeting the challenges we face and are not what the
American people deserve.
While today’s geopolitical situation is contributing to this energy crisis, bringing prices down and
increasing supply will require a change in approach. You have called on our industry to increase
energy production. We agree. Let’s work together. The U.S. energy sector needs cooperation
and support from your Administration for our country to return to a path toward greater energy
security, economic prosperity, and environmental protection.
We need clarity and consistency on policy matters ranging from leases and permits on federal
lands, to the ability to permit and build critical infrastructure, to the proper role of regulation that
considers both costs and benefits. Many of these elements are described in our industry’s
recently released 10-point plan. Most importantly, we need an honest dialogue on how to best
balance energy, economic, and environmental objectives – one that recognizes our industry is a
vital sector of the U.S. economy and is essential to our national security.
We can only meet these challenges by working together. Chevron will engage in this week’s
meeting with Secretary Granholm. I encourage you to also send your senior advisors to this
meeting, so they too can engage in a robust conversation. Your “whole of government”
philosophy in addressing major issues should apply here too, as a comprehensive approach is
best to address the energy needs of our nation and of our allies.
The American people rightly expect our country’s leaders and industry to address the
challenges they are facing in a serious and resolute manner. We are a willing partner in that
endeavor and trust your Administration will be the same.
Michael K. Wirth
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
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